Pittsburgh Fashion Story features vintage looks
By Kate Benz
Published: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Quite the go-around on Sept. 13 to see who among the leading men of Pittsburgh Fashion Story were up for a stroll down a catwalk set up in the Power Center Ballroom of Duquesne University.
“I'm not gonna do that!” said emcee Paul Steigerwald. “Maybe when I lose 20 pounds.”
“I don't have any skills ... this guy has the experience,” said John Lamberson of his PFS co-creator Doug Tjelmeland, a former model.
“I'm getting old, though. I need a walker,” came Tjelmeland's immediate response.
Moments of humility notwithstanding, the 10th annual fashion show benefiting Partners For Quality's Allegheny Children's Initiative filled a majority of the seats in anticipation of looks from area retail therapists including e.b. Pepper, Kristi Boutique, Charles Spiegel for Men, Threadz Boutique, and Roberta Weissburg Leathers.
“I'm a virgin ... sort of,” confessed first-timer and Eon's Fashion Antique owner Richard Parsakian as he put the finishing touches on a series of sleek vintage looks from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Also a new kid on the block, Lawrenceville's glitteR & gRit made its presence known via a handful of dreamy bridal gowns that begged for any excuse to take a trip (or two, or three) down the aisle.
Historically drawing a large contingent of the young and the restless, this year's crowd seemed to skew older and wiser. The change in venue from J. Verno Studios to the cavernous Power Center made it difficult to capture that effortlessly energetic, breezy and NYC-esque vibe that this ticket is known for. Still, 300-plus were glued to their seats for a show that — judging by the crowd reaction — was a collection of must-haves.
Spotted were honorary chairs Chuck Snyder and Carol Shriber, PFQ director Mary Mitchell, Grove Demming, fashion coordinator Tori Mistick, Jen Castellano and Philip Ferland.
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